He is able

Hebrews-7 25Taken from Hebrews 7:25 (KJV), the Verse of the Day for April 26, 2015 speaks of what Christ is able to do:

Wherefore he is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them.

We find the phrase “he is able” in three other verses in the New Testament:

Philippians 3:21

Who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body, according to the working whereby he is able even to subdue all things unto himself.

For the which cause I also suffer these things: nevertheless I am not ashamed: for I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that he is able to keep that which I have committed unto him against that day.

The words of this verse have become the lyrics to a familiar hymn “I Know Whom I Have Believed”:

Hebrews 2:18 (NLT) also makes reference to what Christ is able to do and why he is able to do it:

18 Since he himself has gone through suffering and testing, he is able to help us when we are being tested.

The phrase “he is able” also brings to mind a poem inspired by the account of the “the three Hebrew children in the fiery furnace” in the Book of Daniel:

God is Able

If it be so, our God whom we serve is able

to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace,

and he will deliver us out of thine hand, O king.

 Daniel 3:17

 

Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly

above all that we ask or think, according to the power

that works in us,

Ephesians 3:20

 

God is able to do far above all we ask or think.

Life’s greatest challenges will not prevail, but they will shrink.

Although threatened on every hand, we refuse to back down.

In the midst of what seems to be defeat, we will still rebound.

If we have to, we will walk on water and will not sink.

Surrounded by disaster, even at the very brink

Of total defeat, so the enemy would have us to think.

Though confronted but not intimidated, we stand our ground:

God is able.

We have learned that God’s Word and God’s will are always in sync,

That His Word nourishes and sustains us more than food or drink.

Our confident trust in God is nothing less than profound,

As we rise untouched, not singed, even from a fiery showdown.

Renewed in the spirit of our minds, we can now rethink:

God is able.

As I completed this blog entry, two songs came to mind: “He is able” by the Maranatha Singers:

Wintley Phipps expresses the same truth in another powerfully rendered version of “He is Able”:

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